The New Jersey Department of Transportation granted Washington Township $210,000 for road repairs to be conducted on East Valley Brook Road in 2012, which will help buffer the costs when sending the project out to bid.
Washington Township applied for the grant and requested $300,000, Superintendent Scott Frech said.
“Any grant money is helpful, and we asked for a lot since we’re doing such a long stretch of road,” Frech said.
Normally, road repairs are done in 3,000-foot stretches, Frech said, but the portion of roadway on East Valley Brook is 5,210 feet–just 70 feet shy of a mile.
Now that the grant has been awarded, the township will seek a contractor for the project, estimated to cost more than $500,000 total. The township will provide the remaining dollars, Frech said.
The nearly mile-long stretch, which lies between and Rt. 513, will be milled, laid with new asphalt and striped, Frech said.
Other projects Frech said the township is looking to complete in 2012 include 3,000 feet of repairs on Pleasant Grove Road; 2,500 feet of repairs on Wehrli Road; and nearly three-quarters of a mile on Fairview Avenue.
Three major road projects were completed in 2011 after the township committee approved a .
, , and were repaved and striped by Tilcon of Wharton last summer. Those roads were chosen from an ‘A’ list of five roads comprised by Frech and township engineer Leon Hall.
The ‘A’ list roads were deemed most in need of improvement. Both Fairview and East Valley Brook fell on the ‘B’ list last year. Other roads on that list include West Valley Brook and Mission.